The Secret Lives of Teens Part Two - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

The Secret Lives of Teens Part Two

The Secret Lives of Teens Part Two
By: CJ Cassidy

Monday on Heartland News at 5, we showed you new ways of tracking your kids online to keep them safe.

Tuesday, we uncover how kids feel when they're under the parental microscope.

One teen says at first, he felt his parents violated his privacy.

Most kids may agree, but first some video we found online shows firsthand the kind of trouble kids can get into when they have free access to the Internet.

Prank calls can be funny, but sometimes go too far.

"When you post it online, thousands of people can see it, millions, that's not really cool," said Brian Leirer, manager at the Cape Girardeau Pizza Hut.

He was in for a rude surprise when he realized he's been the butt of some prank callers' jokes many times.  And he isn't thrilled by their promise to post more clips of their antics on YouTube.

"If they continue to post them online, where it becomes an issue, it doesn't seem right.  That would cover harassment in my book," Leirer said.

We couldn't get in touch with the pranksters or their parents, but some police officers who saw this video say these kids could use some monitoring.

Travis Herbst, 15, knows all about being watched.  His parents have monitored his online activities for years.

"I was kind of mad about it, but then I'd just get on my sister's computer, and go on Facebook and stuff like that," Travis said.

He explains his parents use software programs to keep him out of certain Web sites.

"For one thing most of these sites are illegal for people under 18, and they can bring viruses on the computer," he said.

Now, Travis says after what feels like a lifetime of being "spied" on, he knows better than to post videos like this online.

"People can find out.  You know you shouldn't be on those sites.  It's wrong," he said.

Police say if the employees at the businesses targeted by the pranksters file any complaints, they would investigate them as harassment.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Poplar Bluff Animal Control identify owner of 8 puppies left in box

    Poplar Bluff Animal Control identify owner of 8 puppies left in box

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-08-15 19:19:22 GMT
    Daryl Scarlet was being held pending formal charges (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)Daryl Scarlet was being held pending formal charges (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)

    Animal Control officers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri said they are looking for the owners of eight puppies left in a box. 

    Animal Control officers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri said they are looking for the owners of eight puppies left in a box. 

  • No one injured in Anna, IL pickup truck fire

    No one injured in Anna, IL pickup truck fire

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:46 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:46:07 GMT
    Anna Fire responded to a vehicle fire on Wednesday (Source: Viewer Submitted)Anna Fire responded to a vehicle fire on Wednesday (Source: Viewer Submitted)
    Anna Fire responded to a vehicle fire on Wednesday (Source: Viewer Submitted)Anna Fire responded to a vehicle fire on Wednesday (Source: Viewer Submitted)

    Anna Fire Department responded to a vehicle on fire on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

    Anna Fire Department responded to a vehicle on fire on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  • First Alert: Scattered showers continue

    First Alert: Scattered showers continue

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 2:02 PM EDT2018-08-15 18:02:46 GMT
    Rain is headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)Rain is headed our way. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    This afternoon and evening there is a small chance a couple storms could be strong or even severe with damaging winds being the primary threat.  

    This afternoon and evening there is a small chance a couple storms could be strong or even severe with damaging winds being the primary threat.  

Powered by Frankly